Youth in Development Program Specialist for Youth Stakeholders

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Project Description

Several Peace Corps Response Volunteers are needed to serve as Youth in Development Program Specialists for Youth Stakeholders. More than 50% of Guatemala’s population is currently under the age of 25. This unprecedented “youth bulge” poses both a challenge and an opportunity for Guatemala. Those engaged in formal schooling are commonly not equipped with all of the critical life skills—skills for communicating, interpersonal skills, developing self-esteem, critical thinking, addressing health issues, and using technology—that are necessary for seeking employment and navigating healthy relationships. The youth bulge also brings an opportunity to actively engage young people in planning their future and the futures of their communities and Guatemala. The Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) will coordinate with community stakeholders who work with youth between the ages of 12 to 18 and their communities, and directly with youth to implement Positive Youth Development activities to prepare them to effectively transition into healthy, productive, and civically engaged adults.

A Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) with advanced proficiency in written and spoken Spanish and a BA/BS degree in any field with at least two years of experience in developing, designing and/or delivering youth training sessions is needed to work directly with youth trainers to pilot curriculum. Additionally the PCRV will pilot service learning activities and existing M&E related tools with youth participants that have been created and provide feedback to project staff on areas of improvement. The PCRV will also be responsible for developing online content such as Multi Media elements (i.e. presentations, videos) that can effectively be used through platforms like social media and/or basic e-learning courses for youth. The PCRV will collaborate with other Response Volunteers to create a Service Learning Guideline specific for the Youth Project in Guatemala.

Please note that departure dates and other details of this project could change because of the uncertainties as Peace Corps and local partners resume Volunteer operations. Candidates selected for this position will be arriving in Guatemala together as a group, so while the departure dates for the whole group could change, dates cannot be changed for individual candidates.

Partner Information

Ministry of Education Guatemala

Required Skills

• High tolerance for ambiguity and high level of flexibility – some details of this project could change because of the uncertainties as Peace Corps and local partners resume volunteer operations
• Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree in any field.
• Advanced proficiency in written and spoken Spanish.
• At least two years of experience in developing, designing and/or delivering training sessions, preferably with youth, in topics related to: life skills, health and education, substance abuse prevention and well-being.
• At least six months of experience working with local networks to promote Positive Youth engagement coordinating and facilitating individual and group activities and/or training sessions to youth and adults in the community on various topics.
• Patience and ability to easily adapt and integrate into different socioeconomic and cultural conditions.
• Emotional maturity and professionalism necessary to serve as a positive role model for youth.
• Strong communication and interpersonal skills to establish solid working relationships with important local stakeholders in an intercultural environment.
• Strong ability to maintain flexibility and structure in chaotic or understructure environments

The Peace Corps embraces and leverages the diversity of its volunteers as a reflection of America's diversity. Peace Corps Response is committed to reflecting the diversity of the United States in the professionals we send into the field to support the mission of world peace and friendship. Applicants with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Serving in Guatemala

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Medical Considerations

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